THE ALBINO Foundation is
indebted to the National Hospital
over N50 million for the treatment
of albino patients with skin
cancer, according to the Head of
Department Information and
Protocol Management of the
hospital, Dr. Tayo Haastrup.
This revelation is on the heels
of public outburst by the President
of the Albino Foundation Mr Jake
Epelle, who castigated the hospital
following the death of a member
and accusing the hospital of
Haastrup told Nigerian Pilot
Sunday that rather than neglect
the albinos, the hospital has treated
them almost free of charge as they
are required a token N3-N5 and
regretted that they often don’t pay
this token.
He said the hospital had never
stopped treating them in spite of
the fact that most of them come
for treatment only when they are
at advanced stage of cancer and
thus making management of such
a matter of divine intervention.
Haastrup said that indeed was the
case with the patient that died.
“Epelle should appreciate
the hospital and the government
instead of castigating us because
we have never stopped treatment,
it was a terminal disease and we
did not kill the patient, it is unfair
on his part.
“Some NGOs give them
money but he has not showed any
commitment by paying a token for
their treatment, but he still expects
the hospital to feed the patients.
Epelle should not use National
Hospital as a battle ground,” he
In swift reaction, Epelle has
denied that the foundation is
indebted to National Hospital
instead said it is the Federal
Government is indebted to the
hospital N48m for the treatment of
albinos with skin cancer.
“We get the services of the
National Hospital and it is
predicated on the fact that we
will get the Federal government
through the Federal Ministry of
Health to pay for the service we are
getting from the National hospital
for the treatment of albino cancer
“I want to use the opportunity
to thank the board chairman and
the Chief Medical Director of the
hospital for having carried on
despite the fact that we are indebted
to the tune of N48 million. In spite
of that, they are still treating us
hoping that we will get our funds
and pay our bills, which come from
Ministry of Health and Ministry of
Epelle regretted that the
sunscreens they procured were
rotting away and would expire in
five months as government has
refused to pay for the clearance

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